About Absurd Imaginaries
Figurative artists Jessica Calderwood and Julie Liger-Belair draw upon surrealist motifs and folklore in playful yet subversive explorations of gender, identity, and fantasy in our newest exhibition, Absurd Imaginaries. While distinct in their mediums and aesthetics, the two artists share more than a few similarities in their approaches. Both artists play with simultaneously revealing and concealing the female figure, a flirtatious dance between invitation and denial.
Calderwood’s near life-size porcelain sculptures of heel-clad figures are often overtaken by geometric masses of metal-sculpted foliage or gumball-like clusters of
Similarly, Liger-Belair’s collages pair Victorian-era portraits with whimsical hand-painted floral and geometric patterns that adorn and camouflage both the figure and background. The rigidity of the women’s high collared garb and somber expressions are contrasted by the fanciful, dreamlike landscapes.
Jessica Calderwood is an image-maker and sculptor that works primarily with the mediums of metal, enamel, porcelain and traditional craft materials like felt and polymer clays. She combines traditional and industrial metalworking processes with craft-based processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life. Calderwood received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in m
Julie Liger-Belair spent childhood summers in